Does getting a flu shot make you sick? Can exercise help you get over your cold faster? Our quiz will help you sort fact from fiction.

Cold and flu myths CSIRO

It's that time of year when the cold and flu runs rampant. So what's fact and what's fiction when it comes to these everyday illnesses? Take our quiz to find out - click through all of your responses and then press 'submit' to see the answers


Being cold gives you a cold


Zinc, Echinacea and vitamin C help to relieve cold symptoms


Getting the flu shot will give you a mild flu afterwards


Hot whiskey (or hot toddy) is a natural remedy when you’re sick


Exercise helps you get over your cold faster


The cold and the flu are the same thing


Taking cold and flu medicine helps to relieve cold symptoms


Mum’s chicken soup will make you feel better when you have a cold


Flying on a plane increases your risk of catching a cold or flu


There is an effective medical treatment for the flu


Being vaccinated every year means we will create a resistant super flu


Man flu exists


  1. Sponsored by Relenza

  2. mmm – exercise when you have the flu will not help, but that is not what the questions asked. Cure for flu – again the question suggests we have one now, and we don’t (Relenza is NOT a cure, but a treatment for influenza only and to be used under specific circumstances), not that a cure might be possible. As to the complementary medicines – the evidence suggests that some might shorten the duration of symptoms a tiny bit. The questions need more specificity, but a fun quiz anyway.

  3. Is this an add for Relenza?

  4. very good

  5. Your response to the echinacea question implies it may be true. And .. was it on the ABC someone assured us that manflu exists??

    1. Hi Gaille,

      Scientific evidence to support Echinacea as an effective method for treating cold or flu is lacking. You can read more information on this here:

      You can also read more about ‘Man Flu’ at The Conversation:

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